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Perfect Draft: 10-Team Non-PPR (Updated Sept. 3)

By Jared Smola 8:09am EDT 9/3/20


You should go into every fantasy draft with a general plan of attack.

Of course, you’ll need to be able to adjust throughout the draft and pounce on value wherever it presents itself. That’s where the dynamic MVP Board with Suggested Picks comes in.

But building a round-by-round strategy beforehand certainly helps. That’s exactly what we’re doing with the Perfect Draft series — using the MVP Board and ADP to get an idea of where the value will be in each round.

This is the 10-Team Non-PPR Perfect Draft. Each strategy guide assumes 16-round drafts and starting lineups of 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 Flex, 1 K and 1 DEF. The MVP Board will help you adjust your strategy if your league settings are different.

Note: September 3 updates in bold.


Pick 1, 2, 3 or 4

Round 1

RB: Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley, Dalvin Cook

Don’t overthink this: Grab a stud RB here.

If you’re shying away from Cook’s injury history, we’d have no issue opting for Derrick Henry instead.


Rounds 2 and 3

RB: Aaron Jones, Chris Carson, James Conner

WR: Julio Jones, Chris Godwin

TE: Travis Kelce, George Kittle

You’ll likely see a RB or 2 sitting atop your Suggested Picks here. Grabbing 2 or even 3 RBs with your first 3 picks makes tons of sense considering the lack of depth at that position vs. WR.

We also like the idea of taking Kelce or Kittle at this turn.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Kenyan Drake have climbed in ADP, so your RBs targets here have changed.


Rounds 4 and 5

RB: Todd Gurley, Jonathan Taylor

WR: Robert Woods, Odell Beckham, Allen Robinson, JuJu Smith-Schuster

TE: Mark Andrews, Zach Ertz

The WR pool is stacked here. (Which is why you should feel comfortable passing on WRs with your first 3 picks.) Woods figures to hang around the longest among the 4 listed above, so earmark him for Round 5.

This is another chance to snag a high-end TE if you didn’t land Kelce or Kittle.


Rounds 6 and 7

QB: Dak Prescott

RB: Cam Akers, J.K. Dobbins

WR: Courtland Sutton, Terry McLaurin, DeVante Parker, Marquise Brown

Taylor is an awesome pick if he’s still hanging around here. (His ADP is at 6.06.) Akers and Jones are nice consolation prizes, especially if you still only have 2 RBs at this point.

The WRs are attractive here, highlighted by our 2020 Breakout Player.

And if you’re comfy with your RB and WR groups, Prescott is a nice value in this range.

Removed Jonathan Taylor (4.06 ADP) and Ronald Jones (Leonard Fournette) from the RB targets. Added J.K. Dobbins.


Rounds 8 and 9

QB: Tom Brady

RB: Ronald Jones, Zack Moss

WR: DeVante Parker, Will Fuller, Michael Gallup

TE: Evan Engram

This is a great spot to add a WR or 2. Sutton, Parker, Fuller and Gallup all boast top-20 upside.

Sutton is no longer likely to be available here.

We'd consider Ronald Jones at this point, despite the Fournette addition.

Added Tom Brady, whose ADP is up to 9.09.


Rounds 10 and 11

QB: Carson Wentz

RB: Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida

WR: Marvin Jones, Diontae Johnson, Henry Ruggs

This is a sweet spot at QB. Brady and Wentz are 2 of our favorite values at the position.


Rounds 12 and 13

RB: Damien Harris

WR: Henry Ruggs, Jamison Crowder, DeSean Jackson

TE: Noah Fant, Tyler Higbee, Jonnu Smith

Here’s the time to lock up a TE — maybe even 2 — if you waited on the position. Fant, Higbee and Smith are all excellent values here.

This is a good spot for Damien Harris, who has a good shot to open the season as New England's lead back.


Rounds 14 and 15

QB: Jared Goff, Joe Burrow

RB: Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Duke Johnson, Devine Ozigbo

WR: Jamison Crowder, Mike Williams, DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, Preston Williams, Curtis Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk

TE: Jonnu Smith, T.J. Hockenson, Blake Jarwin

Add a high-upside bench stash in Round 14 before turning your attention to K and DST.

Here are some Ks and DSTs with favorable Week 1 matchups:

Wil Lutz (vs. Tampa Bay)

Greg Zuerlein (at Rams)

Robbie Gould (vs. Arizona)

Jake Elliott (at Washington)

Jason Myers (at Atlanta)

Younghoe Koo (vs. Seattle)


Bills (vs. Jets)

Patriots (vs. Dolphins)

Chiefs (vs. Houston)

Eagles (at Washington)

Chargers (at Bengals)


Round 16

Grab your K or DST from the list above.



Pick 5, 6 or 7

Round 1

RB: Dalvin Cook, Derrick Henry, Alvin Kamara, Joe Mixon

You’ll see RBs at the front of your Suggested Picks here. That’s largely because the position is much shallower than WR.

This spot has gotten a bit trickier with the Cook holdout whispers and the Kamara issues. We still feel confident in both guys being on the field come Week 1, though.


Round 2

RB: Kenyan Drake, Miles Sanders

WR: Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, Julio Jones

TE: Travis Kelce, George Kittle

Lots of different directions to go here.

A RB or 2 will likely top your Suggested Picks. Starting RB-RB isn’t a bad idea because, again, the position gets ugly in a hurry.

Tyreek Hill is our top-ranked WR in non-PPR, so he’s a value here.

And grabbing an elite TE is never a bad idea.

We still love Drake and Sanders here, despite their August injuries.


Round 3

RB: Chris Carson, James Conner

WR: Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Amari Cooper, Adam Thielen

The Bucs WRs are excellent picks here, especially if you started RB-RB.

If you have 1 or 0 RB at this point, consider Carson or Conner, our honorable mention Comeback Pick.


Round 4

RB: Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Jonathan Taylor

WR: Amari Cooper, Allen Robinson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Calvin Ridley

TE: Mark Andrews, Zach Ertz

The RBs listed above all have their warts. But they also have RB1 upside if things break right.

The WRs are much safer, so we’d lean in that direction assuming you have at least 2 RBs by now.

Andrews and Ertz are nice values here — although there’s a chance 1 or both makes it back to you in Round 5.


Round 5

WR: Robert Woods, Odell Beckham, Allen Robinson, D.J. Moore

TE: Mark Andrews, Zach Ertz

Woods is very likely your top target here.

The 1 exception would be if Andrews and/or Ertz are still available (and assuming you didn’t take Kelce or Kittle earlier.)


Round 6

QB: Dak Prescott

RB: Cam Akers

WR: Courtland Sutton, Terry McLaurin, Tyler Lockett

Taylor brings big upside and is well worth a shot in the 6th round.

Our 2020 Breakout Player might make it back to you in the 7th — but grab him here if you wanna make sure you get him.

Jonathan Taylor's ADP has shot into the 4th round. We've replaced him here with Akers, who looks set to open the season with a big role.


Round 7

RB: Cam Akers, J.K. Dobbins, D’Andre Swift

WR: Courtland Sutton, DeVante Parker, Marquise Brown

TE: Evan Engram

This is a sweet spot at WR, with Sutton, McLaurin, Parker and Brown sporting exciting ceilings.

At least 1 of the 4 RBs listed above figures to make it back to you in the 8th.

You can consider Engram here, but we’d rather wait another few rounds at TE.

Removed Ronald Jones from consideration here.


Round 8

RB: J.K. Dobbins

WR: DeVante Parker, Will Fuller, Michael Gallup

TE: Evan Engram

This is a good spot to add to your RB depth. Jones, Akers, Dobbins and Swift are all young guys with breakout potential in 2020.

Akers and Swift has climbed past this spot in ADP. Jones is no longer a consideration here with Leonard Fournette's arrival. Get those RBs early!


Round 9

QB: Tom Brady

RB: Tevin Coleman, Ronald Jones, Zack Moss

WR: Tyler Boyd, Jarvis Landry

TE: Hunter Henry

The WRs look nice here. Boyd and Landry are the safe bets. Fuller is the upside play.

Henry is a fine value in the 9th, but we prefer waiting a few more rounds at TE.

Added Tom Brady, whose ADP is up to 9.09.

This is where we'd consider Ronald Jones now.


Round 10

QB: Tom Brady, Carson Wentz

RB: Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida

WR: Marvin Jones, Diontae Johnson

TE: Hunter Henry

This is a sweet spot at QB. Brady and Wentz are 2 of our favorite values at the position.


Round 11

QB: Carson Wentz

RB: James White, Antonio Gibson

WR: Diontae Johnson, Henry Ruggs

TE: Noah Fant, Tyler Higbee

You can start to consider TEs here, although there will be quality options still available at your next pick.


Round 12

RB: Damien Harris

WR: Henry Ruggs, DeSean Jackson

TE: Noah Fant, Tyler Higbee, Jonnu Smith

Fant, Higbee and Smith are all awesome values here and would work just fine as your TE1.

We highlighted Moss in our Sleepers article.

This is a good spot for Damien Harris, who has a good shot to open the season as New England's lead back.


Round 13

RB: Adrian Peterson, Ryquell Armstead, Chris Thompson, Duke Johnson

WR: Jamison Crowder, Mike Williams, DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor

TE: Noah Fant, Jonnu Smith, T.J. Hockenson

Ruggs, Crowder and Jackson were all featured in Sleepers.


Round 14

QB: Jared Goff, Joe Burrow

RB: Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Duke Johnson, Devine Ozigbo

WR: Jamison Crowder, Mike Williams, DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, Preston Williams, Curtis Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk

TE: Jonnu Smith, T.J. Hockenson, Blake Jarwin

Add 1 more high-upside bench stash here.


Rounds 15 and 16

Here are some Ks and DSTs with favorable Week 1 matchups:

Wil Lutz (vs. Tampa Bay)

Greg Zuerlein (at Rams)

Robbie Gould (vs. Arizona)

Jake Elliott (at Washington)

Jason Myers (at Atlanta)

Younghoe Koo (vs. Seattle)


Bills (vs. Jets)

Patriots (vs. Dolphins)

Chiefs (vs. Houston)

Eagles (at Washington)

Chargers (at Bengals)



Pick 8, 9 or 10

Rounds 1 and 2

RB: Joe Mixon, Josh Jacobs, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kenyan Drake, Miles Sanders

WR: Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams

TE: Travis Kelce, George Kittle

Lots of directions to go here.

You’ll likely find 2 or 3 RBs at the front of your Suggested picks. We’d recommend grabbing at least 1 with your first 2 picks.

Hill is our top-ranked WR in non-PPR, so he’s a value in the 2nd round.

And it’s never a bad idea to grab an elite TE.

We'd definitely snatch up Dalvin Cook or Alvin Kamara if they happen to make it to you here.


Rounds 3 and 4

RB: Chris Carson, James Conner, Todd Gurley

WR: Mike Evans, Amari Cooper, Odell Beckham, Adam Thielen, Allen Robinson

TE: Mark Andrews, Zach Ertz

Lean toward Carson or Conner in the 3rd if you didn’t start RB-RB.

All 5 WRs listed above would work just fine as your WR1.

Andrews and Ertz are fine picks in the 4th (if you didn’t take Kelce or Kittle earlier). ADP says there’s a chance Ertz makes it back to you in the 5th.


Rounds 5 and 6

QB: Dak Prescott

RB: Cam Akers

WR: Robert Woods, Odell Beckham, D.J. Moore

TE: Zach Ertz

Plan on taking Woods in the 5th. He’s way undervalued.

Taylor’s ceiling makes him worth considering in the 6th — even if he opens the season in a committee with Marlon Mack.

Prescott starts to present some value in the 6th, although you can certainly continue to wait on your QB1.

Jonathan Taylor's ADP has shot into Round 4. We replaced him here with Akers.


Rounds 7 and 8

RB: Cam Akers, J.K. Dobbins, D’Andre Swift

WR: Courtland Sutton, DeVante Parker, Marquise Brown

TE: Evan Engram, Darren Waller

This is a sweet spot for WRs, headlined by our 2020 Breakout Player. If you have just 1 WR at this point, we’d recommend grabbing your 2nd and 3rd at this turn.

The RBs are less safe — but they all have the upside to become weekly RB2s.

Ronald Jones (Leonard Fournette) has been removed from consideration here.

Terry McLaurin's ADP has climbed to 6.09, so don't expect to see him available at this turn.


Rounds 9 and 10

QB: Tom Brady, Carson Wentz

RB: Tevin Coleman, Ronald Jones, Zack Moss

WR: Tyler Boyd, Jarvis Landry, Marvin Jones

More nice WR value here, with Boyd and Landry the safe picks and Fuller the upside play.

Dobbins is tempting if he’s still hanging around in the 9th. We highlighted his potential in Sleepers.

The 10th round is a nice spot to grab your QB1. Brady and Wentz are 2 of our favorite values at the position.

Here's where we'd consider Ronald Jones now.


Round 11 and 12

RB: Damien Harris

WR: Henry Ruggs, Diontae Johnson, DeSean Jackson

TE: Noah Fant, Tyler Higbee, Jonnu Smith

You can wait until now for your 1st TE and be fine at the position. Fant, Higbee and Smith are all breakout candidates.

This is a good spot for Damien Harris, who has a good shot to open the season as New England's lead back.


Rounds 13 and 14

QB: Jared Goff, Joe Burrow

RB: Adrian Peterson, Ryquell Armstead, Chris Thompson, Duke Johnson, Devine Ozigbo

WR: Jamison Crowder, Mike Williams, DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, Preston Williams, Curtis Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk

TE: Jonnu Smith, T.J. Hockenson, Blake Jarwin

Add 2 more high-upside bench stashes here.


Rounds 15 and 16

Grab your K and DST with your final 2 picks. Here are some with favorable Week 1 matchups:

Wil Lutz (vs. Tampa Bay)

Greg Zuerlein (at Rams)

Robbie Gould (vs. Arizona)

Jake Elliott (at Washington)

Jason Myers (at Atlanta)

Younghoe Koo (vs. Seattle)


Bills (vs. Jets)

Patriots (vs. Dolphins)

Chiefs (vs. Houston)

Eagles (at Washington)

Chargers (at Bengals)


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